Game analysis : IM Andrew Muir verse GM Gata Kamsky

Game analysis : IM Andrew Muir verse GM Gata Kamsky

robbie_1969
robbie_1969
Apr 5, 2018, 8:37 AM |
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Scottish International Master Andrew Muir related that during this game a young Gata Kamsky turned up wearing a tracksuit. During moves he would occasionally get up and practice some stretching exercises, touching his toes and things of that nature. Immediately after the game Kamskys father whisked him away before any post game analysis could be done.  Kasmky was rated 2510 at the time and a year later would enter the worlds top ten with a rating in excess of 2600.  The game was played in 1990 and features a rather interesting and unbalanced position resulting from the Botvinnik Slav.

Gata Kamsky Botvinnik Slav

An unbalanced position from the Botvinnik Slav which has been played by such great players as Kasparov, Kramnik, Yusupov.

The game itself was super interesting and contained many truly instructive moments. Of personal interest was the excellent 20.Be3 which turned the bishop from a merely defensive piece into an attacking piece with ideas of its also becoming a blockader on d4 to prevent blacks Queen-side pawns rolling.  The move itself gave up protection of an advanced pawn on f6 but the bishops relocation was clearly very strong and the move far from obvious.  Below is a position from the game after Kasmky plays the dubious ...24.Kb6, see if you can find whites awesome next move, again, its far from obvious.

 

 
The young Kamskys head must have been spinning and one can rest assured that he would have been sat firmly in his seat after coming to terms with the pressing situation on the chessboard.  All in all it was a truly beautifully played game by Scottish International Master Andrew Muir and well worthy of serious study. I reproduce it below for your perusal and enjoyment with some annotations.  I came across it in a book on Scottish chess masters, Rampant Chess which is one of the most enjoyable chess books I have read of late.  Humorous, instructive and a very enjoyable read.  So if you fancy enjoying a chess book for a change rather than flagellating yourself with Dvoretskys Engame Manual, then this could be the book that reignites your enjoyment of the ancient game.

 

 

There is a video presentation of the material should you feel so inclined.  My thanks go to the artists and the musicians who so liberally made their material available and for which the entire presentation would have been a rather dry and dull affair.  Many thanks for taking the time, regards Robbie.

 

 

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